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Nominating Committee Update: An Invitation to Serve

2021-12-16T11:55:06-08:00November 5th, 2021|All Church, News|

Update: Interest form deadline extended to December 29. The Nominating Committee encourages you to prayerfully consider if and how you might be feeling called to step into this type of service at this time. Interest forms can be submitted on a rolling basis until we close the recommendation process. Our strong preference is that all interest from be submitted by Wednesday December 29. (Extensions are considered on an as-needed basis, if you contact the Nominating Committee by this deadline to let us know that you are still considering.) Dear Friends, We gather on this corner of Dana and Channing each [...]

Congregational Meeting: Sunday November 7 at 1 pm via Zoom

2021-11-08T10:43:48-08:00October 25th, 2021|News|

The First Pres Berkeley Session has called a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 7 at 1 pm on Zoom.  The purpose of the meeting is to hear a report from the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) and to vote on the candidacy of Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga for Associate Pastor for Christian Formation. Click here to read the news from the APNC and to read Michelle's biography and statement of faith. All are welcome to attend, but only members may vote, comment, or ask questions. Each registrant will receive an email confirmation with a unique link to attend the meeting. Please note that [...]

Join us for Homecoming Sunday on September 12

2021-09-10T18:29:55-07:00September 10th, 2021|All Church|

September 10, 2021 Dearest First Pres Family, Get excited! In just two days, we will celebrate Homecoming Sunday at First Pres on September 12! Join us for worship at 10 am as we begin our new sermon series, Deep Roots: Tracing Our Sacred Story Through Genesis. Following worship, we will gather for an extra-special "meet and greet” (complete with a few fun surprises). Reconnect with old friends and make some new friends as well. Keep an eye on the mail for your very own copy of our new and improved Pathways brochure. Within its pages lie all of the amazing things we have planned for the fall at First Pres. [...]

Guidelines for Gathering

2021-09-01T17:08:03-07:00September 1st, 2021|All Church|

August 29, 2021 Dear First Pres Family, School has started and the beginning of the program year is just around the corner! To stay safe, the Coronavirus Task Force wants to share our updated practices in light of the ongoing pandemic and wildfire season. For the start of the 2021–2022 program year, here is a review of our current guidelines for gathering: Sunday worship in person will continue to be on our closed campus with a simultaneous livestream service. We will maintain our reservation system for 300+ (~50% of our sanctuary capacity). If three or more households report COVID-19 cases following that [...]

Generosity Abounds: A Financial Update

2021-08-12T09:02:15-07:00August 6th, 2021|All Church|

August 6, 2021 Dear First Pres Family, Thank you to all who have financially supported First Pres Berkeley so far this year. Your faithful generosity has enabled us to continue our life-changing ministries in the midst of an incredibly challenging year. God is good! Here is a mid-year financial update: Our General Fund giving is up about 10% compared to last year due to so many of you fulfilling your pledges earlier than in years past. If we keep this up, we might even have a drama-free December! If you have been giving online this past year, we encourage you to continue to do so [...]

New First Pres Website Extends Welcome to All

2021-08-02T11:28:21-07:00August 1st, 2021|All Church|

July 29, 2021 Dear First Pres Family, Welcome to our new website! As the online front door to First Pres, our website welcomes congregants and newcomers—and makes it easy to find priority news and information about worship and all of our ministries. With this goal in mind, we are so excited to launch after many months spent diving into our needs and wants, editing ministry information, and making it easier to find the most frequently accessed content. We are proud of what we accomplished and we truly hope you will love the new site as much as we do! Click around! Be sure to check [...]

The First Pres Reopening

2022-03-06T16:01:58-08:00July 20th, 2021|All Church|

Coronavirus Task Force Update June 16, 2021 COVID-19 cases in Alameda County have been increasing over the past four weeks, and we have now breached the bottom of Red - Substantial tier of the state's virus tier system, with cases concentrated in a few zip codes in east and west Oakland. Over the same period, cases in high-vaccination zip codes have trended downward. We continue to follow public health guidance from the CDC, the State of California, Alameda County, and the City of Berkeley. The Coronavirus Task Force of volunteers and staff with health and facilities expertise are working within [...]

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